Heritage Hanmer Springs, South Island, NZ
Hanmer Springs is a small alpine South Island village that’s home to world class thermal mineral pools and springs. Those in the know have been coming here for a century looking to ‘take the waters’ as they say, and the Heritage Hanmer Springs is more than conveniently situated just across the road. In between invigorating visits to the sulpher pools and geo thermal springs, take in some tennis or petanque, relax at the bar with a drink or just stroll through the gardens.
Woodbridge on the Derwent, Tasmania
Woodbridge on the Derwent is tucked away next to the Derwent River and within easy reach of central Hobart and even easier reach of the must-see MONA. A lovingly restored historic house, this small luxury hotel provides the ultimate comfort and attention to guests. The Pavilion dining room offers fine dining with five-star service. The rest of the time just relax and enjoy the spectacular grounds and views. Wine buffs can take advantage of a ‘private wine masterclass’, exclusive to the hotel, that takes you to one of Tasmania’s oldest vineyards for a talk, wine-tasting and lunch with the vintners themselves.
Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat, Vic
Be a part of the gold-rush legend by visiting Craig’s Royal Hotel in Ballarat, with luxurious rooms and lush turn-of-the-century charm. Whether you’re there for a few nights or just the afternoon there’s a lot to do; the award winning Duck L’orange pie or a cocktail in the historic Craig’s Bar are certainly mandatory. To really experience yesteryear at Craig’s Royal Hotel book into the Heritage High Tea held every Sunday afternoon. You’ll dine in the refurbished Victorian dining hall on exquisite petit fours, drink fine tea and then take part in a guided tour of the hotel. Learn about the rich history contained within the walls and the luxury contained within the aptly named Royal Suites.
Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest, Southern Highlands, NSW
Located in the lush Southern Highlands of New South Wales and easily accessible from both Sydney and Canberra, Peppers Manor House is a winning combination of old world charm and modern luxury. Modern touches like the award-winning Katers Restaurant offers a menu based on local ingredients, and the Affinity Day Spa, a wellness retreat for those wanting to be pampered, are offset by such Downton Abbey-esque pursuits such as boules on the lawn, a gin and tonic and a game of billiards in the bar or a high tea with cucumber sandwiches served on fine china. There’s golf on the adjacent Mt Broughton course and the rustic charm of historic Moss Vale is just 5kms away.
Parklands Country Garden & Lodges, Blue Mountains, NSW
Deep in the Blue Mountains is Parklands; a luxury estate just perfect for a romantic old-world getaway. Recline on a sofa in the lounge with a drink and some conversation, enjoy some spa treatments or stroll the perfectly manicured gardens overlooking a private lake. Although the property doesn’t feature a restaurant, they can arrange a booking at one of their sister properties and it’s hard to think of a more appropriate option for an old-world feast than a night dining at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel, just a short car ride away.